St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Captain John Smith's Shallop
and America's First National Water Trail
In the summer of 2007, a crew of 12 modern explorers set out in this replica of Smith's Shallop to retrace the 1608 voyages. Traveling 121 days and 1,700 miles under oar and sail power, the crew revisited all of the waters traveled by Smith. The voyage served as the official inauguration of Captain John Smith's epic voyages and their import in American history. Today, the shallop serves as a roving ambassador for the Trail.
Imagine a world of ancient forests, widespread native communities and waterways teeming with life. Such was the Chesapeake that Captain John Smith and his fellow travelers encountered during their epic journeys on this "goody bay" in the early 1600's. Modern explorers can follow in Smith's wake along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service.
Length overall: 28 feet, 7
Beam: 7 feet,8 inches
Framing: Osage Orange
Fastenings: Wooden and Iron Nails
Oars: 6 "Single Banked" Oars
Sails: 2 Sailed "Sprit Rig"
John E. Swain, Master Shipwright
Nicholas Biles, Shipwright
The Volunteers of the Sultana Shipyard
Sultana Projects Inc.
Kees de Mooy
John E. Swain
William A. Baker
Location. 38° 47.222′ N, 76° 13.284′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker can be reached from Cherry Street. Touch for map. Near the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum along the harbor front walk (Cherry Street extended). Marker is in this post office area: Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy Point Historic Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom's Figurehead (within shouting distance of this marker); Oystering on the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Deflecting the Enemy (within shouting distance of this marker); War in the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Rebuilding Rosie Parks Too Much of a Good Thing (about 500 feet away); Tolchester Bandstand (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
Also see . . . www.smithtrail.net. This URL appears on the marker. (Submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 552 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.